ABOUT









Angela Gidden MBE, born in 1960, Cardiff, has become a highly established and renowned U.K designer. Her creative and commercial experience spans over 29 years in furniture and three-dimensional design, working as a design consultant and creative director. Her portfolio and commissions represent design diversity from furniture to product, events & creative experiences, interiors and television working on a wide range of projects in the manufacturing, contract and retail sectors within U.K and international markets.  She has been commissioned by many high profile brands and clients including Liberty, Heal's, The Conran Shop, Habitat, L'Oreal, Orangebox, BBC, Camira Fabrics and the Welsh Government working on projects in the U.K, Europe, Sydney, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and many other places.  Angela Gidden is also Creative Director and founder of her Welsh Originated British Born Brands - fashion label Nomad & Nest and furniture brand attic 2 originals. Her commitment to creativity and business in Wales, the U.K and internationally goes beyond.  Angela was awarded the Member Of The British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Years Honours list in 2007 and is testimony to her commitment to design and business in Wales.

Throughout her design career Angela has become a highly proactive design collaborator working closely with many high profile brands and organisations becoming respected and known for her successful innovative and commercial solutions, her intuitive and hands-on design approach, her signature clean organic lines and her strong ‘design eye for detail’. She is passionate about and committed to ‘design for manufacture’ and applies her wealth of experience and knowledge in production strategies, processes and efficiencies in a consultancy capacity within the industry.

Since establishing her design studio in 1993 Angela Gidden has underpinned her design portfolio with very clear values. She believes in quality, in craftsmanship, in absolute originality, in design for longevity. It’s about designed sustainability in every sense. She believes in creating “modern antiques of the future” and rants about design for disposability.  Angela is inspired by the world of manufacturing where traditional processes and technology collide or blend emerging with a contemporary outcome. She loves to sketch and work with 1:1 prototypes - a hands-on organic approach where Angela believes the design idea grows and flourishes with real honesty, appropriateness, pace and faster yield.

Her work reflects her Welsh roots and her passion for learning from and protecting the diminishing traditional manufacturing skills base, keeping it alive and employed in a contemporary context. She draws inspiration from the exposed landscape around her, wild and tame, rooted and reaching, raw and organic, imposing and elegant – in Angela’s work there is a considered and often controlled expression and where every line is naturally a soft line. 









2011 Finalist FX International Interior Design Awards - Workplace category with Cwtch soft     
            seating collection designed for Orangebox                   
2011 Winner of The Design Guild Mark Award for the Cwtch soft seating collection designed for                       Orangebox. The Design Guild Mark is awarded to designers for excellence in British furniture 
            design
2011 Winner of The Middle East Office Awards, Dubai, Best of Group Seating category – ‘Cwtch’ for                 Orangebox
2011 Winner of Cardiff Design Festival Award, Furniture category – ‘Cwtch’ for Orangebox
2009 Shortlisted, Cardiff Design Festival Award, Web Design category – Nomad & Nest online 
            e-commerce website
2008 Winner of Cardiff Design Festival Award, Fashion category – ‘Pocket’ for Nomad & Nest
2007 Angela Gidden MBE (awarded in the Queens New Years Honours list)
2007 Winner of Cardiff Design Festival Award, Furniture category – ‘Caerdydd Raw armchair’ for 
            Nomad & Nest
2006 Winner of Cardiff Design Festival Award, Furniture category – ‘Soft-Square’ for the Welsh
            Government & The Senedd building designed by Lord Richard Rogers
2002 Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the University Wales Institute Cardiff  
1997 Winner of Welsh Woman of the Year award.
1997 Winner of Welsh Small Business Owner of the Year.








2013-     Consultant Creative Director - Camira Fabrics
2013-     Design Consultant & Creative Director - Wilcare
2013-     Chair of the Fashion & Textiles Forum Wales, Creative Skillset U.K Apprenticeship Scheme
2013-     'Angela Gidden Award for Fashion Innovation' launched at 'Platfform', Atrium, University 
                   South Wales Fashion Graduate catwalk gala event
2012-13 Industry Mentor in Fashion Education, working with the Atrium, University of South Wales 2012-13 Industry & Collaborative Partner, Nomad & Nest working with Atrium Fashion students        
                    University of South Wales
2010-12 Founder of The Seed Factory creative-thinking workshops
2008-09 Founder member of the U.K Government’s Creative and Cultural Skills Design Alliance 
                    Wales
2008-11 Creative Director & Co-Founder of WonderCulture Extraordinary Events
2007-12 Director on the Chapter Arts Centre board of Trustees
2006-12 Director & Co-Founder of Nomad & Nest Ltd, fashion brand and online retail store
2005-07 NESTA Creative Champion  
2005-08 Chair of the Welsh Language Board Billingual Design Awards
2004---- Invited to attend Buckingham Palace for the British Design Reception and celebration 
                   hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
2001-12 Dynamo Entrepreneur Role Model working with schools, colleges and Universities in Wales  
2004-06 Commissioned by the Welsh Government to design the public seating for the 
                   new Senedd building designed by Lord Richard Rogers
2003-04 President of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce (1st and only female president in 113 years)
1999---- Delivered live television commentary for the BBC during the official opening of the National
                   Assembly For Wales by Her Majesty The Queen
1999-00 Mentor to the South Wales Police Constabulary  
1999-04 Chair of the Academi for Design in Wales
1999-12 Director & Founder of attic 2 Ltd, furniture brand
1998-00 Appointed as one of 4 judges on Lord Callaghans panel for the design of the new 
                   National Assembly Building for Wales. The Richard Rogers Partnership was awarded. 
1994---- Designed the Pacino sofa range for Habitat. The design became Habitats longest selling 
                   sofa and best selling sofa worldwide. The Pacino was also Habitats second longest selling 
                   product - second to the 'chicken brick' (terracotta casserole dish)!
1993---- Escaped employment to set up first design studio, Designs From The Attic which has 
                   since evolved into Angela Gidden Studio

 







1989-93 Design Director of Enigma Designs Ltd
1988-89 Senior designer at Enigma Designs Ltd, U.Ks largest sofa-bed manufacturer and subsidiary
                   company within the Christie Tyler Group
1986-88 Design Assistant at Outline Upholstery, Flagship company within the Christie Tyler Group 
                   (then the largest furniture manufacturing group in the U.K)
1983-85 Completed an M.A degree course in Furniture Design & Technology at Buckinghamshire
                   College of H.E, High Wycombe, U.K
1980-83 B.A (Hons) Degree in Three Dimensional Design, Middlesex University London, U.K
1979-80 Gained a Certificate in Foundation Studies, Cardiff Art College, Cardiff, U.K
1971-79 Attended Llanederyn High School, Cardiff
1964-71 Attended Coed Glas Infants and Junior School, Cardiff


1967---- From the age of 7 Angela demonstrated a creative eye for detail and an enterprising mind, 
                   mass-producing her sketches of Georgie Best and selling them for pocket money to buy 
                   more paper more crayons - And look where it's got her!
























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